Almost Awakened: 054: Glenn Ostlund – Bathing With God

Today I sit down with my friend Glenn Ostlund author of the book “Bathing with God“. Glenn and I both were deep believers in a specific religion. Then we both grew disenchanted with said religion. We deconstructed that religion and deconstructed other systems seemingly walked away from God and religion…. only to, unknown from each […]

Almost Awakened: 053: Phil McLemore – Wisdom Conversation

Bill and Phil McLemore sit down and have a conversation around wisdom teachings such as meditation, awareness, being present, ego, the Yoga of Christ, mind chatter, myth, evolution, free will, and death. What an amazing conversation Phil helps us create. RESOURCES: https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/146-30-45.pdf https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-kriya-yoga/yoga-and-christ-ukiYPp7E9zG/ https://www.thymindoman.com/the-next-chapter-of-thymindoman-com-living-in-the-gift/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/meditatewithphil/ http://csa-davis.org/sites/?q=node/455

Almost Awakened: 051: Tribal Trauma

Today Bill dives into tribalism. Why do we humans choose to be in tribes? What are the benefits and drawbacks of tribalism? What makes us humans unique and what facets of tribalism have we humans taken advantage of and at what expense? Where did tribalism come from? Can we cling to the benefits while minimizing […]

Almost Awakened: 050: Life in Prison

Today I sit down with a friend who spent roughly a year in prison. What is prison life like? How does an Almost Awakened person perceive and negotiate their time and thoughts and behavior and what observations are made about the system and people around them? RESOURCES: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/gabrielsanchez/sara-bennett-looking-inside-women-prison-incarceration https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/07/12/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-prisoner

Almost Awakened: 044: Myth Is All Around Us

Today we dip our toes into MYTH and how pervasive it is in our cultural and social structures. Any time we label or tell a story about the way things are and what they mean we are likely in the sphere of myth. Money, relationships, nationality and patriotism, family history, who people are…. all myth. […]

Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism

Mekael and Bill utilize this episode to discuss the this George Floyd moment. His death, the protests and riots, the systemic racism in this country, the police abuse, and most importantly the ethnocentricity and tribalism that all these abuses and inequalities are rooted in. RESOURCES: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really https://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20Privilege%20-%20Kendall.pdf https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack https://au.reachout.com/articles/standing-up-to-racism https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/lessons-talking-about-race-racism-and-racial-justice https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-deal-with-racist-people http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/7-ways-to-stand-up-to-racism_1 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/707189471/confronting-racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4 […]

Almost Awakened: 040: How a Pawn Shop Works

Mekael Interviews Bill today about his career as a pawnbroker. How does a Pawn Shop Work? How do you know if something is stolen? What are the coolest things that have come through the shop? What skills are helpful to be a good pawnbroker? All this and more on today episode on the Almost Awakened […]